BEFORE I WAKE: THE NIGHTMARE CHRONICLES
July 29, 2008
Avon (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback and E-Book
$6.99 U.S./$7.99 Canada and E-Book $6.99
Urban Fantasy Nightmare Series
Rating: 4 Cups
Dawn Riley has been told by a dark figure she is not of this plane and should not be here. The strange figment explains she is only a nightmare. She has even greater potential than she is aware.
Noah Clark is thirty and a patient at MacCallum Sleep and Dream Research in New York City where Dawn works. He is an artist and into martial arts and has a growing attraction for Dawn.
Dawn's mother told her at an early age she was a nightmare and her father was the King of Dreams. Now at the age of twenty-eight, a strange figure continues to appear in her dreams informing her of things she never knew. As a doctor of psychology and a full-time member of Dr. Canning's team, she hopes to get her own practice after her two years of practice is up. Her main concentration is on the analysis and theory of the study of nightmares, where she meets Noah Clark, who has nightmares. He is tall, dark and handsome as all get out. Dawn tries to keep her distance but finds it a challenge. When she needs help working on a project, he jumps at the opportunity, never realizing the consequences of the dark side that puts them in danger. When a dark figure again appears to Dawn giving her a Marae blade to kill nightmares, she is torn with trying to save Noah while discovering things about her past.
Before I Wake is a vibrant paranormal with a cast of in-depth players that blend well in the making of this fantastic read. I like the way Dawn and Noah work up to each other slowly, with little signs and innuendos. They have a simmering chemistry that really puts a dash of sweetness to the storyline. With intense scenes that grab the moment, the story just lifts and comes alive, making it hard to stop reading. Kathryn Smith is a wizard at creating a magnificent plot, robust characters and a mind-blowing tale that engages the reader immediately. This unforgettable romance captivates while embarking on an adventure that transcends through time.
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